Scientist (Environment, Climate Change & Health)

Scientist (Environment, Climate Change & Health)  (2002875)  
Grade: P4
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 year
Job Posting
Aug 11, 2020, 1:09:45 PM
Closing Date
Sep 1, 2020, 10:59:00 PM
Primary Location
HQ/ECH Environment, Climate Change and Health
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The mission of WHO’s UHC/Healthier Populations Division is to contribute to reducing health inequalities and reducing preventable disease and injury caused by environmental, social and economic determinants of health. This is achieved through a coordinated inter-sectoral approach aimed at enabling all people to enjoy better health and well-being, in line with the Organization’s 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13) and the Sustainable Development Goals.The role of the Department for Environment, Climate Change and Health (ECH) within the overall work of WHO is to promote a healthier environment, intensify primary prevention and to influence public policies in all sectors to address the root causes of environmental threats to health. ECH develops and promotes preventive policies and interventions based on an understanding and an in-depth scientific analysis of the evidence base for environmental determinants of human health.The Climate Change and Health (CCH) Unit provides international leadership through a comprehensive health response to climate change, which enhances population resilience to climate risks, and supports health-promoting climate change mitigation policies. WHO’s work on climate change is mandated and guided by a World Health Assembly Resolution (61.19), and workplans approved by the WHO Executive Board. This includes strengthening partnerships to address health and climate change with relevant UN agencies and other actors; providing leadership and raising awareness of the need to protect health from climate risks and the potential health gains from actions that also reduce carbon emissions; promoting and guiding the generation of scientific evidence, including monitoring progress at country level; providing policy and technical support to Member States in the implementation of the public health response to climate change.


– Propose the scope and content of WHO’s work on generating policy relevant evidence on addressing climate change and health.

– Monitor and guide research agendas. This action will include the formulation of mechanisms to support exchange between researchers and decision-makers, definition of regional and national research agendas on climate change and health and monitoring the extent to which research output is responsive to the priorities identified by the Health Assembly in resolution WHA61.19.

– Lead, or contribute to, international assessments of the risks to health from climate change and of the benefits to health of mitigation policies, in collaboration with other partners, such as the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

– Develop and support the use of tools for Member States to assess the effectiveness of interventions to increase resilience to climate change, and the health impacts of adaptation and mitigation decisions in other sectors. These evaluations should include assessment of economic consequences and wider sustainable-development implications, including the cost-effectiveness of interventions; the costs of inaction; and health benefits from mitigation and adaptation policies.

Main expected achievements include :

– Strategy and action plan to guide WHO’s role in monitoring and guiding the international research agenda on climate change and health, developed and implemented in consultation with relevant staff in HQ, regional and country offices.

– Technical guidance and tools developed for assessment of the effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of policies, strategies and measures to protect health from climate change.

– Participation in international initiatives on research, evidence, and economic assessment, to ensure appropriate representation of health and climate linkages and opportunities developed to increase support for health and climate research.



Essential: Advanced university degree in international development, public health, or economics, or university degree in a different field including an advanced degree (minimum master level) in international development, public health or economics.
Desirable: Studies or training in health policy, and/or research methods on climate change and health.


Essential: At least 7 years professional experience of conducting or managing research on environmental and social determinants of health in relation to developing countries, of which at least 4 years working on climate change and health at the international level. Proven experience working in international development, epidemiological or economic analysis, in particular, with respect to climate change and health.
Desirable: Experience in developing technical guidance and tools for assessing effectiveness of health interventions. Experience working at, or in collaboration with, other UN Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and national Ministries, including in developing countries.


Substantial knowledge of the relationships between climate change and health, international development, epidemiological or economic analysis and significant knowledge of WHO’s role in supporting Member States to respond to climate change. Excellent interpersonal, collaborative and communication skills. Ability to build and sustain collaborative relationships with other partners, within and outside WHO. Ability to plan, develop and implement project and programme activities.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Intermediate knowledge of French.

Intermediate knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 73,516 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 5005 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


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